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Psychologist

Catherine Vu

Hello! I'm Catherine, and I'm so glad you're here. I know life can be really tough sometimes, especially when you're trying to navigate burnout or overwhelming meltdowns and shutdowns. I'm here to help you through it all with kindness and understanding. You might be dealing with low self-esteem, anxiety in large social settings, feeling overwhelmed by crowds, or struggling with small talk despite having so much to say about things that matter to you. Maybe you've always felt different and found it hard to fit in, which can be exhausting. I want to reassure you that it's going to be okay.  We can talk about how your neurodivergent traits are strengths and how to handle societal expectations without losing sight of who you are. I especially enjoy working with people who are also living with chronic physical conditions and illnesses (fellow spoonies!). As a spoonie myself, I understand the unique challenges of navigating life with never enough spoons, and I'm here to support you on that journey.  Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon.

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What will sessions look like?

We'll look at the stressors and triggers that make things hard for you, and we'll find ways to cope that really work for you. It's so important to take care of yourself, set healthy boundaries, and have good stress-management practices. You deserve to feel balanced and in control. I want you to know that it's perfectly okay to identify as neurodivergent, even if you're still figuring out what that means for you. It's normal to feel conflicted about identifying as neurodivergent, especially if you don't have a formal diagnosis and can often 'pass' as neurotypical. But your feelings are valid, and your experiences are real. I'll help you find support and resources within neurodiversity-affirming communities and peer networks where you can connect with others who truly understand what you're going through.

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More about Catherine

Home state: VIC

My eye sparkles and SpIns (special interests) include: 

  • Our family farm - I love everything about our small slice of heaven, even our bossy nanny cow (you know who you are Abigail), and Houdini, who is an expert at escaping paddocks!

  • Striving for a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle, whilst living in tune with nature

  • Nurturing my inner child through LEGO, gaming, Anime ... and much more

  • Hearing a catchy song and immediately trying to work out whether I can recreate it on the piano or guitar

  • Watching documentaries until 2am in the morning before realising how far down the rabbit hole I have gone

  • If it wasn't for one too many hobbies, I would also love to dabble in astronomy, watercolour painting and pottery. They're still on the bucket list though!

Here are 3 things I believe with all of my heart to be true:

  1. A sprinkle of kindness, compassion and empathy never goes astray.

  2. We could all use with a bit of Bluey in our lives!

  3. Embracing your authentic self allows you to breathe easier and grants you a sense of freedom.

Fees

  • The standard consultation fee for a 50-minute appointment with Catherine is $220. This applies to all clients, including privately paying clients, clients using Medicare or private health insurance and NDIS clients who are self-managed.

  • Fees for NDIS plan-managed clients are as per the NDIS price guide in your state for psychologists.

  • If you have a valid referral, Medicare rebates are available for appointments with Catherine. A rebate means you pay the full fee first and then receive a portion of the fee back from Medicare.

  • Private health insurance rebates are available, depending on your fund and level of cover.

  • You can read more on our Fees and Rebates page.

Appointments

  • Catherine works with us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

  • Catherine has appointments available within 1-2 weeks. 

  • By booking and attending an appointment with Very Helpful Chats, you agree to our Business Terms and Conditions that can be found on this page of our website.​

  • Please click here to complete our waitlist and matching form. ​Our waitlist and matching form is designed to gather basic information about your needs to make sure we can offer you the service you need. This form also helps us match you with a clinician with the skills and experience to meet your needs.​​

  • Once we can offer you an appointment, we will send you a second intake form. This second intake form includes our full consent form, and we also request your credit card, debit card, or PayPal details. Rest assured that we take card security seriously, and your details are stored securely on our client management system, Halaxy. This security measure helps us prevent theft and fraud. No one at Very Helpful Chats will have access to your card details. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the security of your card details, we encourage you to read more about Halaxy's card security here: Halaxy Card Security FAQs

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